Indie Diversity Training Schemes (IDTS)
Please note the application deadline for the 2017 Pact UK wide scheme has now passed. Please follow the link to find a comprehensive list of schemes for diverse talent to take part in.
The scheme has honestly changed my life. Being able to learn and earn is such a rarity, especially in the TV industry.”
- Alex Garlitos, 2015 Trainee with Hat Trick Productions
Pact firmly believes that diversity in the film and TV industries matters, and that as a sector we should be encouraging and supporting new entrants who reflect the full diversity of the UK today.
The Indie Diversity Training Scheme is a unique opportunity aimed specifically at entry-level diverse talent (both graduates and non-graduates). Trainees undertake a six-month placement with an independent production company, allowing them to develop their talents in a thriving business environment. In addition, each participant is partnered with a senior level mentor from within their company, and receives bespoke training from the Indie Training Fund in areas such as copyright, storytelling and camera operating.
The Scheme is supported by some of the top independent production companies in the business, whose output includes shows such as Have I Got News For You, Humans, One Born Every Minute, Britain’s Got Talent, Shop Well for Less and First Dates. Indies that have participated in the scheme include: All3 Media, Endemol Shine Group, Fremantle Media, Hat Trick Productions, Keo Films, RDF Television and Warner Brothers (Ricochet)
"The Indie Diversity Scheme is making a real impact in terms of discovering new entrants from a broad spectrum of backgrounds… Working in partnership with other Indies, and with the support of Pact, we have together created a solid platform which will enable us to continue to attract and nurture diverse talent to the range of career opportunities in our industry.” -
Clare Welch, Group Head of Resourcing at All3media
Pact launches Indie Diversity Scheme in Scotland
Pact has launched its successful Indie Diversity Scheme in Scotland. Six Scottish indies (STV Productions, Tern TV, IWC, Lion, Raise The Roof and Mentorn Media) will welcome talented diverse young people to work in their companies for six months. They will provide them with a mentoring, training and networking plan to allow them to continue their career in production at the end of the six month period.
The Scottish scheme follows the success of the UK-wide scheme launched by Pact in 2013 which set out to increase access to television production to those from underrepresented groups. The programme was the first of its kind, carefully developed with indies working collectively to improve, nurture and develop new diverse talent. Of the 44 people who have taken part in the scheme, 38 have continued with their careers in television production. John McVay, Chief Executive of Pact, said: “The Indie Diversity Scheme in Scotland highlights our commitment to supporting the creation of sustainable and diverse talent bases in the Nations and Regions.”
Alan Clements, Head of Content at STV Productions, said: “We are proud to be part of Pact's new training scheme in Scotland. We are working with other Scottish indies to fund the initiative to provide a supported route into the industry for diverse new entrants.” What is unique about the Pact scheme is that it is fully funded by the companies involved and as well as offering a bespoke combination of training, mentoring and pastoral care, Pact tracks our alumni and offers pastoral help beyond the six month training period.
The success of the London scheme run by Pact has had a huge impact in bringing together some of the top independent production companies including Endemol Shine, Warner Brothers and All3Media to provide a unique mentoring, networking and ‘money can’t buy’ training plan for around 12 new talented individuals to the industry every year.
Jane Muirhead, Managing Director of Raise The Roof said: “Raise The Roof are thrilled to be involved in the Pact Scottish scheme. As a creative company looking to the future, nothing means more to us than developing young talent and ensuring a broad range of voices have access to our industry.” Sara Geater, Chief Executive of All3Media, said: “All3Media continues to be involved in the Indie Diversity Training Scheme, hosted by Pact, and this year we’re delighted to be actively championing the first Scottish scheme through placements in Lion Television, along with four other indies based in Glasgow.”
“The Pact Indie Diversity Scheme is a scheme where some of the most successful and creative Production companies collaboratively share best practice and offer a platform of bespoke training both on and off the job. Endemol Shine is proud to be able to participate and drive diversity and inclusion with its other indie partners and Pact.”
Bella Lambourne - HR and Operations Director, Endemol Shine UK